The Middle English St. Francis: Text and Context

  • Cynthia Ho
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


St. Francis was one of the most important religious and social innovators of his own or of any age, but medieval writings about him have received surprisingly little intensive critical analysis. One such neglected example is the unexplored first English life of Francis. Perhaps it has been considered too simple and didactic to be given focused attention. However, it is Elizabeth Kirk who has reminded us to rethink “what didactic poetry is instead of treating the term automatically as pejorative.”1 The Middle English “Life of St. Francis” found in the South English Legendary has been dismissed as a meaningless pastiche, but I argue that it has in fact a strikingly coherent message focused at a specifically English audience.


Thirteenth Century Wall Painting Medieval Literature Late Thirteenth Century English Life 
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